Blog Post

Public parts and the value of oversharing

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 June 2010



Public parts and the value of oversharing
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 120
Posted DateFriday 25 June 2010 09:33 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/05/20/public-parts ... 
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1990586,00. ... 
CategoriesKnowledge Sharing
PeopleJeff Jarvis 

In this post on Public Parts, Jeff Jarvis talks about his next book of the same title and about the end of privacy and the benefits of publicness.

In it, he quotes Steven Johnson's article In Praise of Oversharing in Time:
We are discovering in this new realm that public exposure is not just a matter of egotism or idle voyeurism. This past year, several friends of mine have blogged their way through their battles with cancer. By taking their ordeal to the valley, they got valuable advice from strangers who posted comments and helped form an online support group — and an archive that could help future patients who happen upon it via cancer-related queries on Google. One of my friends -- writer Jeff Jarvis, now happily in good health -- talks about his experience as a lesson in the virtues of publicness. The Constitution may not contain an explicit reference to the right to privacy, but the notion that privacy is worth cherishing and protecting needs little justification. What Jarvis suggests is that the opposite condition needs its defenders: oversharing, in a strange way, can turn out to be a civic good.

Credit: In Praise of Oversharing by Steven Johnson,Time

As you know, I am often quoted as an example of a good knowledge sharer. There is not a lot I won't talk about in this newsletter, blog or website but I do tend to keep my intimate personal life to myself - no problem talking about my family etc but would I, could I, say talk about a battle with a serious illness? I am not so sure. But the above gives good reason to be more open and more public in our most intimate thoughts and private lives. Worth reflecting on :-)

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
David Gurteen

Follow me on Twitter

How to contact me

My Blog

Gurteen Knowledge Community
The Gurteen Knowledge Community
The Gurteen Knowledge Community is a global learning community of over 21,000 people in 160 countries across the world.

The community is for people who are committed to making a difference: people who wish to share and learn from each other and who strive to see the world differently, think differently and act differently.

Membership of the Gurteen Knowledge Community is free.
Knowledge Community


request help
visitor book
Thursday 25 July 2024
10:09 AM GDT